The Arizona Cardinals were the first to call former LSU linebacker Lamar Louis at the conclusion of the NFL draft on Saturday.
He verbally committed to them soon afterward.
Louis, a 5-foot-10, 222-pounder who went undrafted, plans to sign a free agent deal with the Cardinals, he confirmed Saturday evening. The Breaux Bridge native will participate in the Cardinals’ rookie mini-camp next weekend, he said.
“They really like me, and they were the first team to call me right after the last pick was made,” Louis said. “They take care of every LSU guy that’s there.”
Louis joins former LSU players-turned-Cardinals Kevin Minter, Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson. He’ll have a different role than those guys.
Louis, a weak-side linebacker who played sparingly at LSU as a senior last year but starred on special teams, was the No. 1 special teams player on the Cardinals board, he said. It made his decision an easy one.
“I talked to the special teams coach,” Louis said. “They believe in me, regardless of my height or my measurables.”
Louis said earlier this week that he had free agent offers from about a dozen teams, including the New Orleans Saints as a running back/fullback.
Louis has agreed to a deal with the Cardinals worth three years, he said. It includes a guaranteed money figure that he did not wish to reveal.